Bur­goyne bar­rier could be work of art

The Welland Tribune - - Opinion -

RE: BAR­RI­ERS ON TORONTO BRIDGE SAV­ING LIVES, NOV. 7

The Prince Ed­ward Viaduct in Toronto, com­monly re­ferred to as the Bloor Street Viaduct, is the home of not just any old sui­cide bar­rier.

The City of Toronto com­mis­sioned an artist to cre­ate a work of pub­lic art that would also act as a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure. The artist se­lected to de­sign it was none other than Dereck Rev­ing­ton, who most re­cently de­signed the Wel­land Canal Fallen Work­ers Me­mo­rial, un­veiled on Nov. 12, 2017, at Lock 3 of the Wel­land Canal.

The de­sign de­vel­op­ment process for Toronto’s bar­rier in­cluded con­sul­ta­tion with fam­i­lies who had lost loved ones, and in 2016 a re­spon­sive light­ing in­stal­la­tion was added as a le­gacy project of the Pan Am Games — also de­signed by Rev­ing­ton.

Both phases were ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects, led by an artist. The re­sult is a thought­ful and beau­ti­ful me­mo­rial to those who died, as well as a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion to a dis­tress­ing sit­u­a­tion.

Re­becca Cann

St. Catharines

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